A simple, very effective pre-seminar close reading activity is called the Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DRTA). Formulated by Russell Stauffer, the DRTA as envisioned by Lee Gunderson is simple but highly effective. Provide the students with a text, but make sure they can only read it (or see it or listen to it) in small sections at a time, so that they are constantly making predictions. Reveal the title first, and then a few lines or paragraphs and another few lines or paragraphs, and after each section, have the students make a prediction. Ask mainly three questions (save others for later):
• What do you think this story is about?
• What do you think will happen next?
• What made you think so? (How would you revise or change your prediction?)
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